Biggest. Scones. Ever.

11 May

scones

Husb and I went with friends to the seaside town of Hastings today. I hadn’t been before and it’s a great place, a mixture of curious, kitsch and cool. It was sunny and warm and we took a long walk through the old town, full of higgledy piggledy cobbled streets and ancient buildings, interesting shops and lovely cafes, loads of vintage and antique emporia.

We stopped for a cup of tea in the Green Cafe in the Old Town where we saw the Biggest Scones Ever. Seriously large. One of our friends ordered a cheese scone. It arrived, awesome in it’s vastness, with an ice-cream scoop of butter. It was delicious. And the tea was good too. Of course, I had to have a scribble, with a biro (ballpoint) pen into my small, flowery sketchbook.

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Randomness. 2

9 May

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I’m carrying on experimenting with being as random as I can, which isn’t easy for me! I worked on another sheet of vintage watercolour paper from a Winsor & Newton block I was given by a friend, it’s about size A2. I did one a few days ago and I think I’ll do a series and see what happens. I used my home-made walnut husk ink, firstly applying a light wash and when that was dry, brushing the neat ink over with a large, flat brush. I like the way the ink pools at the edge of the brushstrokes.

 

Here are the two that I’ve done so far. I don’t know what I might end up doing with them, at the moment I’m just trying to keep a open mind and be as free as possible.

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Building Blocks

8 May

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It was a lovely evening after a cold, grey day so Husb and I took advantage and went for a walk on the beach. There were a lot of people doing the same thing and some groups playing sports on the sand. I saw these four playing volleyball. So I had to have a scribble, didn’t I? This was speed drawing at its speediest, barely a couple of seconds to get something down, which really forced me to focus on the basic details and to keep my eye on the subjects.

As far as I’m concerned, although these sketches don’t look like much, they’re the building blocks of my art practice. They refine my linework and help me to gain a greater understanding of form. I used a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size F into my tiny flowery sketchbook.

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A Grand Day Out

7 May

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Hot Hot Hot! Apparently a record-breaking temperature today. Husb and I took an elderly relative to visit the beautiful Dynefor estate near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire. It has great walks; a magnificent 17th century house, remodelled by The Victorians; a deer park; very rare white cattle; beautiful Picturesque scenery; a medieval castle; magnificent trees, up to 700 years old; a tea room serving bara brith; a Ha-ha and a shop. A grand day out.

(I had a scribble. Well I would, wouldn’t I?)

Quickie

6 May

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Another little sketch I made yesterday sitting in the sun. I realised that I hadn’t done any plein air sketchbook work for ages and it was good to just sit and watch and scribble. I must do more. These little sketches are done so quickly that it forces you to focus on the most relevant details, which is good practice but can also drift into caricature.

 

Hannah Gluckstein (Gluck). Part 2 – Artistic success and acclaim

6 May

Such an interesting blog about a fascinating painter … https://wp.me/p1bzJP-2FS

Knickers In The Sun

5 May

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The Sun Is Shining!!!! And it must be all of …. 20° Celsius. A Heatwave! And what happens here in the UK in a heatwave? People take their clothes off. That’s what. It doesn’t take much sunshine to get us to drop our inhibitions …. and our clothes.

So today was really busy, but in a nice way. Husb and I went to a brilliant talk at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery about the artist Käthe Kollwitz, currently exhibited there. Then onto the Street Food festival at The Waterfront Museum. Nice grub. The Swansea Gay Pride event was also there and we ended the day at the opening of Alison Lockhead’s radical and moving installation at Volcano, on Swansea’s High Street. And managed a couple of family visits. In between, we sat on the grass in the sun, opposite a rainbow coloured police car, sipping cold drinks and watching the world go by. I had to have a scribble of course. A very short skirt, undulating thighs and red knickers caught my eye.

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I drew into my small cloth-covered Laura Ashley sketchbook (above) with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen (size F) and added a flash of red knicker afterwards in Adobe Photoshop.

Digital Scribbling

4 May

I took a photo of the abstract piece I did a couple of days ago. I used my home made walnut ink onto Winsor & Newton watercolour paper. I want to work on some ideas for developing it but don’t want to draw directly onto it and spoil it, that’s why I took a digital photo and uploaded it into the Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and did a bit of white line scribbling. It’s a bit tentative, but that might be the time of night.

Inspired By Käthe

3 May
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My three-dimensional form made from cut and stitched Shiohara paper, with hand writing and Kathe Kollwitz stamps developed from an original screenprint.

 

In June, I will be running a two – day masterclass at the Glynn Vivian art gallery, linked to their excellent Kathe Kollwitz exhibition.  Exploring her life and political activism through her drawings and printmaking, I will be covering two techniques, drypoint and woodcut, drawing inspiration directly from her magnificent work and using the exhibition as a catalyst to create small editions over the weekend.

 

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A digital drawing I did based on Kathe’s woodcut, The Widow.

 

I love Käthe’s work, I have admired her for decades, I’m so chuffed that she has her own exhibition in my local gallery.

Please click here if you want tickets for this masterclass.

Vintage Paper And Liquid Silk

2 May

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Another development in my current phase of random experimentation. A dear friend has given me a lot of vintage art supplies, mostly lovely papers, and I’m putting them to good use. This is a large block of water colour paper, the kind that where all the sheets are stuck together which saves you from having to stretch individual pieces. It’s quite a big one, about 20 x 14 inches. I don’t usually use watercolour, especially on a large scale, so I watered down some of my home-made walnut ink and brushed it onto the paper, leaving it to dry overnight. Then I took some undiluted walnut ink, a rich chocolatey sepia that flows like liquid silk and poured some onto the paper.

 

At first I had a strong urge to try and make something representational, but I resisted that and brushed across the paper randomly, using a 2.5 inch household painting brush. The ink holds the impression of the brush, which I like. Once it’s dry. I’ll peel it off and have a think about what I will do with it. Probably something with conté crayon and/or soft pastels. Maybe even oil bars.

Please click here to find out how to make walnut ink.

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